Campus and Student Activities

Students, faculty, staff, trustees and visitors at St. Vladimir's share food and fellowship all year long; at our annual Thanksgiving Feast and in our weekly Sunday potlucks; through our Lenten gatherings after Presanctified Liturgies and when St. Nicholas pays his annual visit to the children of our community; in the evening hours when we swap babysitting services and serve together in ministry to the homeless of New York City. This aspect of living side by side is both challenging and rewarding. At its best, our community brings to mind the words of the Psalmist: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"



St. Nicholas Visits St. Vladimir's

Click on the photo to view a gallery of imagesClick on the photo to view a gallery of imagesOn Sunday, December 8, 2013, the children of the Three Hierarchs Chapel's Sunday community welcomed special guest St. Nicholas for his annual visit to St. Vladimir's Seminary. As is customary, the identity of the good saint was hidden under his abundant white beard. During the celebration, grown ups and kids alike also enjoyed a potluck meal, after which St. Nicholas presented each child with a gift.

The following week, students finished papers, sat for finals, and joyfully made travel and holiday arrangements while breathing a collective sigh of relief at the end of the term.

Dr. Hannah Hunt, Author and Theologian, Addresses Women Students

Dr. Hunt and students at the Hatfield homeDr. Hunt and students at the Hatfield homeWhen Dr. Hannah Hunt studied theology as an undergraduate, she didn't know where it would lead. "I was newly pregnant as a student," she reminisced with the group of St. Vladimir's women students who gathered for tea in the home of Chancellor/CEO The Very Rev. Dr. Chad and Matushka Thekla Hatfield on Saturday afternoon, December 7, 2013. "My son was born during Easter break, and I started coursework for my masters degree while nursing a baby. Several years later while working on my doctorate I gave birth to our second son."

Hannah, a professor of Eastern Christian Studies, earned her PhD in Theology from the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, with the thesis topic of "Spiritual Tears and Penthos (compunction) in the Early Christian Fathers." Since then, she has worn a number of hats as an author, mother, tutor, instructor, and adminstrator, as she has continued to focus on the spirituality of the early Eastern Christian Church.

Chili Cook-off & Costume Party

The Burnett family as Wizard of Oz charactersThe Burnett family as Wizard of Oz charactersOn the last weekend in October, 2013, students and their families gathered in the Germack building to participate in the "Chili Cook-off & Kids Costume Party." Contestants brought crock pots featuring their special version of chili recipes, and when the winner was announced, no one was surprised that the prize went to legendary St. Vladimir's cook, Fr. Alexander Rentel.

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